Tees Components is expanding its headquarters to enhance the facilities for its growing workforce with a £500,000 refurbishment.
Following a programme of equipment and technology investments to support the delivery of specialist heavy machining contracts, the company has focused the next stage of its developments on providing new wellbeing facilities for its staff.
The company has secured planning permission from Redcar and Cleveland Council to build a new 400 sqm extension, which will contain washrooms, a large canteen, welfare facilities and additional office space.
Located to the rear of the site’s machine shop, the project will involve the demolition of a former mine brick workshop, which will make way for the new extension.
Designed by Stokesley-based SPA Architects, the extension feature one-way routes and high levels of ventilation to enable it to remain in safe use in the event of events such as Covid-19.
Alongside the extension will be new landscaping and an outdoor seating area for staff to use during breaks.
In addition, Tees Components is also taking advantage of its location in the countryside of North Skelton, near Saltburn, to provide another new initiative to encourage staff wellbeing.
The company is building a pathway through the fields on the land it owns at the rear of its site to provide a route where staff can enjoy a walk in relaxing surroundings, away from the workshop environment.
Further developments are taking place on the site with the first phase of the refurbishment of its Engineering Stores and works entrance, as the company continues to evolve its operations to meet a growing order book, which also includes recruitment for more engineering-based roles.
In the last year it has continued to supply to long-standing clients in power generation, defence and rail, implementing stringent health and hygiene measures to remain operational, which has also led to securing new work from sectors including renewable energy, aerospace and robotics.
This has led to the need for additional CNC operators and machine shop staff with plans to take on its next intake of apprentices in the autumn.
The firm’s managing director Sharon Lane said: “We have learned a lot from the past year, not only in terms of our agility to remain operational during the pandemic, but also to ensure that the workplace wellbeing of our people is as important as their workplace safety.
“The new extension and the new pathway are at the heart of this approach and will transform an underused part of our site into really nice spaces to be able sit outside of work times, relax and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
“It’s so important to invest in our people and their wellbeing and make them feel that we really value their skills and experience, and we want to provide them with some great facilities that reflect how much they are appreciated.”
Sharon added: “These developments also support our growth plans, which are being driven by our increased order book and the need to add to our workforce.
“We are now fully operational following the series of pandemic lockdowns and are seeing an increase in orders, which is enabling us to recruit more people.
“We hope that the new facilities we’re providing, along with the interesting projects we are securing will be attractive to potential new colleagues.”